What Is Social Health? - Definition & Examples

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  • 0:02 Defining Social Health
  • 0:50 Developing Relationships
  • 2:24 Challenges in Relationships
  • 3:08 Importance of Communication
  • 4:35 Lesson Summary
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Instructor: John Koshuta
At first glance, social health may be challenging to identify and address, but there are many benefits that come from strengthening your relationships with others. Let's learn more about how to develop and maintain relationships and how social health can be just as important as physical health.

Defining Social Health

Social health involves your ability to form satisfying interpersonal relationships with others. It also relates to your ability to adapt comfortably to different social situations and act appropriately in a variety of settings. Spouses, co-workers and acquaintances can all have healthy relationships with one another. Each of these relationships should include strong communication skills, empathy for others and a sense of accountability. In contrast, traits like being withdrawn, vindictive or selfish can have a negative impact on your social health. Overall, stress can be one of the most significant threats to a healthy relationship. Stress should be managed through proven techniques such as regular physical activity, deep breathing and positive self-talk.

Developing Relationships

To effectively develop relationships and maintain good social health, individuals must be willing to:

  1. Give of themselves
    This could include sacrificing time, effort, energy or money.
  2. Have adequate levels of self-esteem
    Being mentally and emotionally secure with oneself can help an individual maintain healthy relationships.
  3. Establish a sense of identity
    Sacrificing personal characteristics often results in less satisfying relationships, while acting like your true self will strengthen social bonds.

All relationships will have some level of emotional involvement, also known as intimacy. Determining how intimate a relationship will become is critical to long-term social health. While acquaintances or co-workers may have very little intimacy, family members and spouses often have intimacy levels high enough to be considered love. Characteristics of a healthy relationship include:

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